Saturday, July 23, 2011

Orange Oahu Poona Poona Wiki Salad

Category: Fruit and Vegetables
Difficulty Rating: Medium (due to skill required to unmold jello)

My mom named this very 1970's jello salad. We had just taken a trip to Maui and had seen a whole lot of pineapple fields. I was 16, my sister was 14. So mom, inspired by Hawaii, served this orange/pineapple jello concoction at one of her legendary luncheons. When they asked her what the name of the dish was she giggled and said "Orange Oahu Poona Poona Wiki!" The name stuck, and here is the recipe...It may not be "au courant", but your kids (and nostalgic adults) will love it! Serve it at birthday parties! Wheeee!

Ingredients and Directions:

Mix in a blender--
1 pack Knox gelatin
1 small can frozen orange juice
1/4 C cold water
1 pkg. cream cheese

Then add and mix thoroughly:

1 pkg. orange jello
1 C boiling water

Add:

1 can drained mandarin oranges
1 small can drained, crushed pineapple
3 large handfuls mini-marshmellows

Pour into a jello mold and chill until set. Fill up your sink or a large bowl half-way with very warm (not hot) water. Place jello mold very briefly in water almost up to the top of the outside of the mold. Do not let any warm water into the mold! Then, quickly remove mold from water. Place a serving plate larger than the mold OVER the mold. Holding the plate firmly on top of the mold with your hand , flip the mold over. The jello mold should unmold onto the plate. Decorate plate with halved orange slices, or edible flowers (nasturtiums or orchids) and serve!

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